For decades the Los Angeles Lakers have been the measuring stick for NBA franchises. But eventually everything that is on top will fall to the bottom and that may have happened to the Lakers Thursday night.
Miami Heat fans have been doing a lot of hand wringing as of late due to the team’s repeated rebounding woes contributing to a few losses. But the Heat is in first place, something another team of superstars out west are nowhere near.
The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are the odds on favorites to play for the NBA championship next June and their payrolls are proof of that.
The sports world’s long national Dwightmare is over, but it’s just beginning for opponents of the Los Angeles Lakers who took the super team concept started by Boston and Miami to another level Thursday night.
Miami’s championship defense will begin where they won last season’s title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.
Over the weekend, the Miami Heat played two more games without power forward Chris Bosh. It was two straight losses to Utah and Los Angeles and it showed that Bosh may be the most important player on the team.
The Miami Heat will face arguably its toughest challenge of the young NBA season Thursday night when Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come to the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Orlando Magic has the biggest trade asset in the NBA in center Dwight Howard. But to acquire him, it’s going to cost a lot in both talent and money, and it may not happen anytime soon.
The Orlando Magic has been down this road before. A superstar center wants to get out of Orlando and the team has to decide whether to trade him or squat on his rights and get nothing at the end of the season.